In partnership with QTP Entertainment, Living Pictures will tour their production of Gogol’s Diary of a Madman across India, from November – December 2017.   

The show is both a sensitive and meticulous study of human fragility. Performed by award-winning actor, Robert Bowman and directed by Olivier Award nominee Sinéad Rush, this one-man show tells the story of Poprishchin, a low ranking civil servant, who is struggling to make his mark on life, but one day he makes an amazing discovery. Could he really be the next King of Spain? Driven insane by government bureaucracy and hierarchy, Gogol’s dark comedy exposes one man’s reality spiralling deeper into a surreal fantasy world. 

The project will also include a series of workshops in venues across India which will help practitioners who share a curiosity about theatrical process to find new and engaging ways to develop and perform theatre.

While in India, Living Pictures will work with local artists to create a new piece of work inspired by Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens, a play which is not very well known in India. It is hoped that this will lead to future collaborations between Welsh and Indian artists.

Wales Arts Review editor, Gary Raymond, will accompany the trip and his blog gives a wonderful insight into their experience in India. Gary will also create a podcast, which through a series of interviews and conversations will reveal the creative process in India.   

This project is part of India Wales, a joint initiative between Wales Arts International and the British Council that supports artistic collaboration and exchange between creative professionals and arts organisations in Wales and India. Find out more about India Wales 

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Living Pictures - Diary of a Madman. Performer Robert Bowman and Producer Kate Perridge ©

Sinéad Rushe

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